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The DfES have defined work experience as:


‘A placement on an employers premises in which a student carries out a particular task or duty, or range of tasks and duties, more or less as would an employee, but with the emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience.’


Work Experience is for many young people the first opportunity they have to experience at first hand what it is like to be in the workplace.  It is a valuable and essential part of their education and provides opportunities to learn about skills, work structures, duties and responsibilities that exist within organisations.



Work Related Learning

Benefits Of Work related Learning


  • the chance to practice knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom in a working setting

  • better understanding of how organisations work and what a work environment is like

  • exposure to ‘real’ work can help students have a more mature attitude to work and increased motivation to study

  • an insight into relevance to working life of school subjects

  • greater awareness of the range of opportunities within an organisation


For teachers

  • opportunities to learn about different organisations and their employment needs

  • enrichment to teaching programmes by creating different environments in which students can learn

  • involvement of local organisations in the life of the school and its curriculum

  • potential to work with other partners in the local work experience community

For employers

  • understanding changes in educational courses and qualifications

  • promotion of their organisation to potential future employees

  • opportunities to develop the skills of staff who act as mentors, supervisors etc

  • influencing teachers to understand the needs of employers

  • ability to contribute to the development of young people and to the local community

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